Hello! I’m Carolena

Owner and Licensed Professional Counselor

Carolena Dunlap, M.A., L.P.C.

Welcome to Mindset Counseling Center.

Mindset Counseling Center is a product of my passion and purpose to bring individualized therapy and support to individuals, couples, and families. Our goal is to provide therapy that offers corrective experiences that positively impact the view of self and others and shape stable, lasting change. It is to offer transformative moments where vulnerability is encountered with balance. We work to enable clients to move into the openness, responsiveness, and full engagement that characterizes secure attachment with others. We strive to enable clients to shape a coherent sense that can deal with existential life issues and become the best version of themselves.

I am trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy for individuals and couples. EFT is a humanistic, based psychotherapy that works on understanding individual dysfunction and health as well as the nature of love, relationships, and family bonds. It works to use change strategies and interventions that are specific. This method has been validated with over 30 years of empirical research.

I currently work on a committee providing education and support for the EFT model of therapy. I have collaborated with other therapists for several marriage weekend retreats as well as Christian faith-based counseling services. My area of focus extends to those within the LGBTQ community. I provide services for teens at risk of being removed from home and or school due to escalations of physical violence, verbal aggression, truancy, court or child youth services involvement, and IEP support. I am able to communicate with schools to assist those in need of transitional counseling and working between the home and school environments.

Our method is to not simply focus on the mind, but also the body as a whole. As a former Nutrition Educator for Einstein Hospital, I believe, in order to heal the mind, you need to also focus on what you are putting in your body. That is why, at Mindset Counseling Center, we integrate nutrition and wellness checks into our sessions, to truly heal from the inside out.

I view each person as unique and made up of many different aspects, So I work to look at people in a holistic view. This includes their cognitive, emotional, physical, and spiritual selves. I use positive, strengths-focused tools to help you consider things in a new light. I am committed to taking the appropriate amount of time and effort needed for healing so that you can build sustainable change and feel confident to move forward.

I look forward to working with you and hope you find comfort at Mindset Counseling Center. Together, we can all live a more fulfilling life.

My Approach & Values

I truly believe helping others is my calling in life. As the Founder of Mindset Counseling Center, my goal is to provide emotionally connected support and mindset coaching so that you can feel your best self every single day. I believe in the power of the Mind | Body connection. By healing your thoughts and creating a positive mindset, you can re-energize the body and live a more fulfilled life.

I customize my approach by utilizing positive, strength-focused tools tailored to everyone’s personality and needs for a more intuitive and constructive experience during each session. There is no “one size fits all” approach when it comes to mental health. I guide everyone through an organic methodically to uncover the roots of concern and reshape your mindset for a stronger you.
I would love to learn more about you and how I can help.

My Expertise

  • Relationship Issues
  • Stress & Anxiety
  • EMDR Therapy
  • Coping Skills
  • Family Member Conflict
  • Children
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Depression
  • Couples Infidelity
  • Parenting
  • Oppositional Defiance
  • Peer Relationships
  • Self-Harming
  • Multicultural Competence

My Education

Carolena received her M.A. in Counseling from Rosemont College from Rosemont, Pennsylvania. She also holds B.S. in Communications Disorders from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. Carolena has been a licensed professional counselor in PA since March 2019.

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DONNYBROOK LEATHER
Carolena is a master in her field. 10/10 would recommend.
Chloe Johnson
Maddie Miller
Daniel Heim
My counselor really cares about me. She listens to all my concerns and then directs me through each piece of my concerns helping me cope with or move through. I would highly recommend her for your needs too.
Melissa Pennington
When I started seeing Carolena I was in a very strange place in my life and not sure what to do. From the first meeting I knew she was the right fit for me and that I would be in good hands. She gives it to you straight, no sugar coating and holds you accountable to your goals which in my opinion is the very essence on why we see therapists. She's been wonderful to work with, genuinely cares and supports you through whatever it is your needing her for. She truly gets to know you as a person and adjusts your sessions to meet those individual needs accordingly. People have told me they see the difference in my reaction to things; how I handle stressful situations and how I respond to toxic family members. All improvements I attribute to the work Carolena puts in with me. She also insisted on my husband and my children joining me for sessions which helped us all communicate better as a family unit and understand each other more on different levels. I highly recommend Carolena; if you want a genuine therapist who helps you set the goals you want to achieve and goes out of her way to ensure you hit them. Down to earth, supportive and all around very good at what she does, this was her calling and it shows.
Amanda Atkinson
Dean Lewis
Christy Crawford
Marisa Swiderski
Carolena is fantastic. Highly recommended

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